The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories. It shares the power to make laws with the other House of the Parliament, the House of Representatives.

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The Senate has been dissolved
The Governor-General issued a proclamation dissolving both Houses at 9am on 9 May 2016
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76 senators

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